TRINITY — After squandering a lead in three of their first four games, East Lawrence quarterback Terrence Deloney made sure the Eagles won here Friday night.
The senior rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score Friday in the 28-7 over border rival West Morgan.
“Our offensive line was just freaking awesome tonight,” Deloney said.
Deloney said this first win was especially big because it was over their nearest rival.
“We needed to get over the hump, and I’m glad it was against them,” he said.
Deloney had 166 yards rushing and two scores in the first half, but it was his 38-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Carrington Coffey for a 20-0 Eagle lead with 16 seconds left in the first half that was devastating to the Rebels.
“That pass to Carrington was an incredible throw and an incredible catch,” said Eagles head coach Ernie Ferguson, now 1-4.
First-year head coach Heath Saints’ Rebels, 1-4, kept the ball most of the second half, but missed multiple opportunities deep in East Lawrence territory. West Morgan also couldn’t stop Deloney.
“I just didn’t do a very good job of getting them ready, and that’s my fault,” Saint said. “Deloney is a great player, and we knew that. Tonight is all on my shoulders.”
Demetrius Warren led the Rebels with 25 carries for 129 yards. Joseph Clem had a 3-yard touchdown for West Morgan’s only score, capping a 61-yard drive to open the second half.
The Rebels were unsuccessful with an onside kick, and Deloney scores five plays later on a 13-yard scamper to end the scoring.
“That answer was big for us after losing those leads,” Ferguson said.
“I was preached at halftime that we had to finish.”
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